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Syria activists say suicide car bomber kills 6 at checkpoint near government controlled town

  DAMASCUS, Syria – A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a checkpoint near a government-controlled town in central Syria early Saturday, killing at least six soldiers, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said the bombing near Salamiya left an unknown number of civilian casualties. The Observatory obtains …

Pope Francis heads solemn Good Friday procession

  ROME — Desperate migrants, suicidal failed business owners, battered women, torture victims and all people suffering in the world were remembered at a torch-lit Good Friday Way of the Cross procession presided over by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. With his head bowed and eyes often closed, Francis joined tens of thousands of faithful …

Answered questions: 4 queries about MH370 finally answered

  Travelers at Asian airports have asked questions about the March 8 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Here are some of them, followed by answers. Samuel Rogers, a 20-year-old German on a backpacking trip, in Bangkok and on his way to Malaysia. He asked: “Why did …

Death toll climbs as 13th body recovered from Everest avalanche

  KATMANDU, Nepal¬†— Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Another three guides remained missing, and searchers were working quickly …

2 crew members, captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested

  MOKPO, South Korea — The captain of the ferry that sank off South Korea, leaving more than 300 missing or dead, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters …

DFA advises Filipinos in the Middle East to take necessary precautions to avoid MERS-CoV infection

  The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) wishes to advise Filipinos in the Middle East to take necessary precautions and to follow the advice of the local health authorities in their host countries following the recent reports of Filipino nationals affected by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the U.A.E. The Philippine Embassy …

Garcia Marquez’s death brings back conflicted relationship with his native Colombia

    ARACATACA, Colombia – Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate’s twisting and impassioned novels. Colombia inspired and dismayed Garcia Marquez in equal measure, and the feeling was often mutual. Nowhere is that ambiguity more evident than in this sweltering hamlet that was the …

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, most popular Spanish language writer since Cervantes, dies at 87

    MEXICO CITY – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th …

Rage, grief in town of missing students in ferry sinking ‘My baby’s trapped in cold waters’

    ANSAN, South Korea – The most poignant reminders of what’s been lost here are the most ordinary. Desks in the classrooms of Danwon High School in Ansan, where dozens of students were missing and feared dead Thursday after a ferry disaster, are cluttered with textbooks, gym clothes, empty water bottles – small bits …

Obama says he will pay tribute to victims of South Korean ferry disaster in visit next week

¬† WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is sending condolences to victims of a South Korean ferry disaster and says he will pay tribute during a visit to the country next week. Obama said at a White House news conference Thursday that the United States has an “unwavering commitment” to its ally South Korea in good …

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